Deuteronomy 15
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1“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release.1"At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debts.
2And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the LORD’s release has been proclaimed.2"This is the manner of remission: every creditor shall release what he has loaned to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother, because the LORD'S remission has been proclaimed.
3Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release.3"From a foreigner you may exact it, but your hand shall release whatever of yours is with your brother.
4But there will be no poor among you; for the LORD will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess—4"However, there will be no poor among you, since the LORD will surely bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess,
5if only you will strictly obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I command you today.5if only you listen obediently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today.
6For the LORD your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.6"For the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.
7“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother,7"If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother;
8but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.8but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.
9Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin.9"Beware that there is no base thought in your heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you.
10You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.10"You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.
11For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’11"For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'
12“If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you.12"If your kinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him free.
13And when you let him go free from you, you shall not let him go empty-handed.13"When you set him free, you shall not send him away empty-handed.
14You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, out of your threshing floor, and out of your winepress. As the LORD your God has blessed you, you shall give to him.14"You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat; you shall give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you.
15You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today.15"You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today.
16But if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is well-off with you,16"It shall come about if he says to you, 'I will not go out from you,' because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you;
17then you shall take an awl, and put it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your slave forever. And to your female slave you shall do the same.17then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also you shall do likewise to your maidservant.
18It shall not seem hard to you when you let him go free from you, for at half the cost of a hired worker he has served you six years. So the LORD your God will bless you in all that you do.18"It shall not seem hard to you when you set him free, for he has given you six years with double the service of a hired man; so the LORD your God will bless you in whatever you do.
19“All the firstborn males that are born of your herd and flock you shall dedicate to the LORD your God. You shall do no work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock.19"You shall consecrate to the LORD your God all the firstborn males that are born of your herd and of your flock; you shall not work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock.
20You shall eat it, you and your household, before the LORD your God year by year at the place that the LORD will choose.20"You and your household shall eat it every year before the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses.
21But if it has any blemish, if it is lame or blind or has any serious blemish whatever, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.21"But if it has any defect, such as lameness or blindness, or any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.
22You shall eat it within your towns. The unclean and the clean alike may eat it, as though it were a gazelle or a deer.22"You shall eat it within your gates; the unclean and the clean alike may eat it, as a gazelle or a deer.
23Only you shall not eat its blood; you shall pour it out on the ground like water.23"Only you shall not eat its blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.
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